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It’s a teensy bit ironic that the first overseas launch of Google’s Street View related to the Tour de France. Street View now appears to be holding a speed trial of its own, you see, with images of Australia, Japan, and over 30 American cities getting released yesterday evening.
Last month, Google had incorporated a new feature in Google Maps, called ‘Street View’. Besides fetching directions for a destination, this feature enabled users to view images of their destination and its routes as well.
Gigantic buildings are generally easier to see than four-inch street signs, and for that reason, it’s often easiest to use landmarks to navigate. Now, in some areas, Google can help; the company has integrated its Street View images and turn-by-turn directions.
Try to search for a house. Checkboxes concerning prices, square footage, and the number of bathrooms can only take you so far – hundreds of results might show up. You can peer at tiny, cropped photos, but that’s not great, either. So a new deal between Google and Trulia brings Street View into the picture.
It was only a matter of time before Google got sued over Street View; the real question was which privacy group (or sympathetic person representing a privacy group) would be first to file. And now a couple with the last name "Boring" has beaten them all to it.
The Pentagon asked Google yesterday to remove some photos it had taken of a military base for its Street View service, which appears on Google Maps.
When people talk about Google Street View, the conversations tend to focus on either privacy or its undeniable "neat" factor. Thanks to Google’s success in other areas, profitability just doesn’t come up. But EveryScape has built its business around similar virtual tours, and the company just raised $7 million in funding.
If you’ve watched any "Lord of the Rings" film, you know what large, open areas of New Zealand look like. Google’s going to introduce you to parts of the rest of it, however; cars representing the company’s Street View project have been sighted in this country.
Google Street View is a bit controversial, and two months ago, Google’s global privacy counsel announced that his company was willing to conceal people’s faces and license plates in some countries. Now there’s word that it could do this in America, as well.
Street View is one of Google’s most popular programs, and it just got a lot more inclusive. Users can now take a virtual stroll through Chicago, Pittsburgh, Portland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tucson, which brings the total number of Street View cities up to 15.
Four days ago, Google’s Global Privacy Counsel wrote a blog post about Street View and respecting other countries’ laws. At the time, we believed his comments were directed at Canada. But they may also apply to England; what appears to be one of Google Street View’s camera cars has been sighted in London.
Those of you who like the Google Street View program should celebrate; those who have privacy concerns should stock up on window blinds and baseball caps. A report indicates that Google’s got at least 30 new Chevy Cobalts, and they appear ready to serve as Street View camera cars.
If you live in (or are going to visit) San Francisco, there’s a neat new website for you to use. If you live anywhere else, well . . . there’s a neat new website for you to look at. MapJack, which can be compared with Google’s Street View, only works in that one Californian city.
Taking on Google is, to understate the matter, usually a foolish proposition. Taking on Google and Microsoft . . . well, that could be even less wise. Yet a company called Earthmine appears ready to make a successful challenge to both Google’s Street View and Microsoft’s Live Local.
New York politicians appear to be at odds over just how dangerous Google Earth might be; Assemblyman Mike Gianaris is asking Google to blur out images of “sensitive” sites, while Mayor Michael Bloomberg feels such efforts may not be the best use of time.
Google Earth recently incorporated some images of the seabed around Britain, and the few people who heard about this tended to shrug in response. The introduction of Street View, on the other hand, may have generated a little too much excitement. The latest Google Earth release – detailed images of western America – may hit a happy medium.
Google’s Street View has met with mixed reactions; some people like it, while others worry about matters of privacy. Still, while Street View is completely legal in the U.S., a recent discussion indicates that the service might not go unchallenged in Europe.
Google saw someone’s cat – and so it begins. Earlier this week, the search engine giant released Street View, a Google Maps feature that allows users to see things from the perspective of a person driving down a public road. Now privacy concerns are beginning to mount.